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Re: The 2012 MOTYC thread
Kazuchika Okada vs Hiroshi Tanahashi - NJPW 06/16/2012
Well, a good portion of this match has surfaced on the ol' Youtube. It features about 15 minutes of the 28 minute match. Not enough for a full review, but definitely worth checking out.
I can never get my head around the fact that Okada and Tanahashi garner so much hate from the IWC. Okada is very skilled at making every move count and has tons of character, and Tanahashi may be formulaic (always going the legs) but you can't deny his awesome face-in-peril segments.
Anyways, the match is fucking awesome from what I saw. The match cuts in as Tanahashi takes a sick bump to the outside. We get to see the last portion of Okada's control segment and near enough the entire finishing stretch. Okada is always going after Tana's neck and Tana is tries to defensively kick away Okada's knee. Add on top of that a super hot crowd and you got this match.
I really can't see myself going any lower than ★★★★¼ on this no matter how dull or shit the 13 minutes of missing footage is. I'm going to wait before giving an 'official' rating until I see the entire match, but this is most likely the best match from Japan I have seen all year.